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By Swara Bhaskar

I skulked home one afternoon from school in a particularly muggy hot Delhi summer month and spent the day cursing fate that I was born a girl. I was 14 years old, in class ninth and had just discovered that my period, the first two awful days (!), were going to coincide with the two days of the annual Leadership Training Camp (LTC) that all class monitors were eligible to attend

The LTC was an exciting and prestigious camp, which only elected student representatives of each class and two nominees were invited to, where through a series of interactive games and sessions with teachers and guest lecturers, students learnt the values of leadership. I had hoped to attend the camp for some years and finally that year I was one of the elected class monitors.

I was excited and bouncing my way through the school corridors till the tell tale stain showed up and all joy was deflated. I spent the afternoon sulking at home. In the evening, my father came home from work. (My mother at the time was pursuing her Ph.D course work in New York, so my father and I, out of sheer necessity, had developed a fairly candid relationship about matters of menstruation!)

He enquired after my long face, and I told him I had to skip the LTC which was the next and the day after. “Why,” he asked. “Because I am starting my period tomorrow,” I answered.

“So?,” he asked

“So I can’t go,” I said. “Why,” he asked again. “Because!” I said, “It’s going to be my first two days…”

“So?” He persisted. The ‘why so’ game was getting to me. “Papa” I snapped. “I can’t be running around playing the games and doing rigorous activities during my ‘down time’.”

“You mean you are physically or medically incapable of doing physical activity at this time?” My persistent father continued to interrogate.

“Oh God, Papa, why don’t you understand? It’s irritating and awkward. What if something happens” (Something was the unspeakable horror that plagued all young girls and women and probably still does, through their entire fertile years)

The fear of ‘something’. Read: What if the tell-tale stain appeared! “Hmmm” Said my father thoughtfully, “Let’s work this out exactly. So these two days you will skip LTC. Then next month again, in those two days you may have to skip something else. So every year, two into twelve is twenty four days of skipping.”

He went on. “You are fourteen now and will probably have periods for the next thirty years, so that’s twenty four into thirty. Seven hundred and twenty days. That’s 17,280 total hours of missing out on things you want to do in life. Only because you were scared that ‘something’ may happen.”

I was stumped. The math seemed accurate and the logic solid. For want of words, I made a face. My gruff father, cleared his throat, “Look your mother would deal with these things better and would know better. I’m a man but it seems a little ridiculous to waste so many precious active days and hours over something that is natural, and happens to half the world population at some point in their life every month.”

He continued in the same vein. “It’s your body and it’s a natural process. Own it instead of hating it or fearing it. And own these two or three or five days. They are as much yours as the other days of the month. But then again, I’m a man. I don’t know about these things.”

I made another face, and stuck my hand out. What, he asked. Give me Rs.150.

Why, he said? “I have to buy sanitary pads, what else, I have to pack for tomorrow”.

Thanks Papa, You taught your daughter a precious lesson that day, to own her body. It’s a natural process and we must own those five days in the month, like every other moment in our life. A lesson I have been applying till today, be it when I have a shoot or have to attend an event.

It’s incredible that sanitary pad brands in India highlight the importance of menstrual management and hygiene that encourages us girls to be confident, unstoppable and not treat those five days as taboo. Seriously girls, just do the math. (IANS)

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In these modern times women are now opting for higher education and are in constant pursuit of career objectives. As a result their decision to raise a family takes a backseat and there are chances that later on in life, fertility issues arise. However, at times even some medically fit couples can have issues regarding fertility. Their desire to get an offspring drives them to visit fertility clinics in metropolitan towns. But it is best visit reputed clinic which have a team of highly educated and tech savvy medical professionals. Fertility clinic in Chennai and Fertility clinic in Bangalore enjoy a very trustworthy reputation where child- less couples can get good guidance and latest treatments.

Fertility clinic in Chennai has gained significant recognition for its robust infrastructure and a team of skilled doctors. This clinic is equipped with innovative fertility technologies and is committed to deliver positive outcomes and.  In fact Fertility clinic in Bangalore also boast of an eminent group of fertility specialists, IVF doctors and experienced embryologists. They are known to provide a highly personalised and accurate fertility solutions to the couples Latest techniques and cutting edge technologies are employed by expert   medical professionals for treatments in these clinics.

Few diagnostic tests are conducted with lot of precision and care in order to establish the most appropriate and suitable treatment required by the patients

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Generally the reasons for infertility can be categorised as;

  • Problems related to Hormone imbalance: these include  inability to produce eggs  as well as irregular menstruation cycle
  • Problems due to blocked fallopian tubes: This may be due to a history of tuberculosis
  • Problem due to Endometriosis: In this case the menstruation happens in the ovaries inside the body causing cysts and thus infertility.
  • Problems related to Males: These include low sperm counts, or reduced sperm motility or complete absence of sperm counts.
  • Inexplicable infertility: When no evident cause for the infertility can be diagnosed.

A multitude of treatments are offered in Fertility clinic in Chennai and Bangalore such as

  • Tubal evaluation,
  • Surgical sperm retrieval (SSR)
  • Embryo cryopreservation
  • In vitro fertilisation (IVF)
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI) which is a simple technique  but beneficial for  many young couples with minor problems.
  • Pre-implantation  genetic diagnosis (PGD)
  • Intra cytoplasmic Sperm Injectivity ( ICSI)

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The treatments conducted in Fertility clinic in Chennai and fertility clinic in Bangalore enhance the success rates especially in women who have crossed the age of 35 or in women    who have previous history of miscarriages. These clinics has indeed helped multitude of couples to conceive and enjoy a family.  Various procedures are performed in a comfortable, congenial and hygienic atmosphere. The treatments being implemented in these clinics employ the most advanced and ground breaking technologies and best of laboratory facilities. The clinic’s innovative research and personalized care has set the benchmark for providing best fertility treatment in India.